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Transition Workshop 2020 Roadmaps for resilient decarbonizing cities


Lecturer(s) :

Binder Signer Claudia Rebeca
Kaufmann Vincent
Viganò Paola




Only this year


From 13 July 2020 to 24 July 2020


The Transition Workshop sets a new framework and action to accelerate the transition of cities by offering methods for decision makers forge appropriate rules and regulations and providing designers with interdisciplinary knowledge to address the objectives of decarbonizing and resilient cities.


Cities, territories and citizens are committed to a change in lifestyle, production, mobility and communication.


Architects, urban planners, administrators, businesses and the general public are demanding a new project for the future of the 21st century. A new generation of motivated and trained professionals is looking for ways to act as agents of change, to support and inspire the movement towards sustainable development.


Under these premises, it is imperative to develop a new cycle of knowledge and know-how to create and accelerate the projects of the ecological transition. Cities and territories need to develop a new zero-emissions project in terms of space, society and aesthetics, before it's too late. The United Nations is warning us about the need to combat global warming by 2030. For its part, the European Union has set the 2050 horizon for decarbonisation. It is time for architects, urban planners and decision-makers to imagine, build and play their own role in this magnificent challenge ' arguably humanity's greatest challenge.


Through case studies in the Canton of Geneva and its international environment, we actively respond to the need for responsible, rapid and informed action to transform buildings and cities into sober, resilient and bio-diversified places, for life, solidarity and creativity. Design and construction methods are radically revisited in an open, collaborative and visionary way, well in the spirit of the Geneva framework.


Actors and local communities are making their study cases and knowledge available as impulses to go further towards the decarbonization of our built framework in terms of:


    Construction methods and materials
    Landscape and biodiversity management
    Production/consumption of energy and other resources
    Infrastructure and mobility models
    Urban lifestyles: work, leisure, production, consumption
    Urban agriculture, permaculture and gardening
    Citizen participation


The transition materials will be processed by the project:

 Theories and architectural, urban and landscape projects frameworks
    Environment and resources management
    Economy and cities development
    Anthropology and habitat sociology


The scales of the ecological transition project:


    Buildings and neighborhoods
    Landscapes and metropolitan regions


This is the first  architecture and planning masterclass entirely devoted to the metrics and tools for a transitional building environment.


Ecological Transition, Land-Use, ecological planning, sustainable architecture, ressource management, change management, participation management, urban agriculture, climate change.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:



Eileen Crist, Abundant Earth, 2019; Dominique Bourg, Une nouvelle terre, 2019; Peter Sloterdijk, What Happened in the 20th Century, 2018; Kate Raworth, The Doughnut Economics, 2017; Bruno Latour, Où atterir, 2017; Jason W. Moore, Anthropocene or Capitalocene? 2016; Ruth de Fries, The Big Ratchet, 2014;



In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German